Marinko Matosevic (Australia) is the top seed for the 2012 Fench Open men’s Qualifying draw. Matosevic was actually norn in Jajce, Boznia-Herzegovina. He is currently ranked 89th in singles and 238th in doubles. So what is he doing in the qualifier if he is in the top 100. Simple, the main draw cutoff for the French Open was April 9th. At that time he was raned 105th. He didn’t break into the top 100 until April 14th when he rose to #92 and on April 21st he rose to his current position. The 26 year old Matosevic has never gotten past the first round of a Grand Slam in singles and made the second round in doubles for the first time ever at this years Australian Open. His Grand Slam record is 0-5 in singles and 1-3 in doubles.
So how about the Americans. Jesse Levine won his first round match in the qualifier by beating Julien Obry of France 6-2, 6-2. Denis Kudla took 3 sets to beat James ward of Great Britain 6-4, 4-6,6-3. Robby Ginepri – yes he is in the qualifier – went 3 sets and lost to Australia’s Martin Fischer in a heartbreaker 3-6, 6-3, 8-6 – they play out the last set. The match statistics were remarkably close except for break points converted (Ginepri converted 42%, Fischer 60%. Even that is deceptive as Ginepri was 5 of 12 and Fischer was 6 of 10). To give you an idea how close it was Fischer won 111 points and Ginepri won 105. Bobby Reynolds – the #24 seed prevailed over Yuri Schukin of Kazakhstan in 3 sets 6-0, 6-7, 6-2 but #25 seeded Wayne Odesnik lost in 3 sets to Germany’s Peter Gojowczyk 1-6, 6-4, 6-1. Michael Russell got revenge for the US over the Germans by taking out Simon Greui 4-6, 6-3, 7-5. Russell is the 10th seed in the qualifiers. In an all USA match up, Alex Kuznetsov defeated Michael Yani 7-6,7-5. Tim Smyczek of the United States gave 14th seeded Federico Delbonis of Argentina a run but ultimately lost 7-6, 4-6, 10-8. The match took 3 hours and 3 minutes.